Take In the Scenic Nature at an Upper Valley Golf Club

A women swinging a golf club at a Norwich golf course.No matter where you travel, chances are you will try to squeeze in a few rounds of golf where you can get it. Otherwise, you probably wouldn’t be reading this. We are here to tell you that The Norwich Inn is close to an outstanding golf course for you to visit.

A Great Golf Course is not far away Near Norwich

So whether you are touring Dartmouth College or some of the breweries in the area, you won’t be far from a green. Visit or more to explore these golf courses’ unforgettable scenes and views.

Montcalm Golf Club

This course offers fantastic views that you might not get to see anywhere else in the Upper Valley. Over the 18-holes, you can see mountains, hills, valleys, and lakes as you set up for your drive.

Green Mountain National Golf Course

This is another awe-inspiring golf course in Vermont. 18-holes with an expansive view of the surrounding nature. The course is nestled away in the mountains, so you can expect to be challenged by varied terrains and the elevation change. 

Eastman Golf Links

This is a fantastic choice for golf enthusiasts and newcomers to the game. If it’s your first time, guests are given a free full-color course yardage guide and offered the free Eastman Golf App. The course covers 18-holes that provide enough challenge for a seasoned golf player or a newcomer to the sport. It’s absolutely a fun and enjoyable course to spend the day on.

You Won’t Miss Tee Time. We’re Close to an Upper Valley Golf Club!

There’s nothing worse for your golf game than running late to your tee time. The good thing is that an Upper Valley golf course is near The Norwich Inn. You’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep thanks to our spacious rooms and a dedicated staff. You’ll wake up recharged and ready to play your best golf game in years. Give us a call today at 802-649-1143 to learn more about our inn (or check availability online).

Jasper Murdock Ales: The Vermont Beer Trail Starts in Norwich

Jasper Murdock Ales: The Vermont Beer Trail Starts in Norwich

Jasper Murdock Ales

There’s no denying that Vermont is home to some of North America’s richest craft beer history and finest brewing facilities. After all, the birthplace of the modern-day “hazy IPA” (often referred to as the New England-style IPA) is approximately 80 miles northwest of Norwich in the rolling hills of Stowe. Unbeknownst to many, Norwich’s historic, picturesque town is home to one of the longest-standing breweries on the Vermont beer trail: Jasper Murdock Ales, an Upper Valley staple that dates back to 1993.

A Unique Slice of Upper Valley History

Jasper Murdock Ales on the BarAccording to the Brewers Association, Vermont boasts the most breweries per capita in America. We take craft beer seriously—and you should too. The self-guided Vermont beer trail, which we cover in more detail below, starts and finishes at The Norwich Inn. It’s not often that you stumble upon a 28-year-old brewery located inside of a 1797 inn that has hosted the likes of Dr. Seuss and President James Monroe.

Today, travelers can stroll into this classic Irish pub for a tall pint, a 22-ounce bottle to-go, or even a growler fill. The pub has retained its original charm, thanks to its rich mahogany bar, old-timey photography, and Irish-green accents.

Jasper Murdock Ales: The Legacy Continues

Jasper Murdock Ales in Front of a Fireplace

What began as a modest venture that only produced five-gallon jugs of English-style ales has blossomed into one of the proudest breweries in New England. The team now concocts 125-gallon batches covering nearly beer style, ranging from smile-inducing cream ales to trendy IPLs and classic Irish reds.

Jasper Murdock’s premier beer remains the Whistling Pig Red Ale, a multi-generational recipe that’s a delicious ode to the classic Irish reds that pre-date the new-age Vermont brewery scene. Recent hits include the genre-bending Schwarzpils, the aptly-named Mash Up, and the crowd-pleasing N2B Cream Ale, a proclaimed “lawnmower beer.”

A Self-Guided Journey on the Vermont Beer Trail

There’s no better reason to visit the Upper Valley this August than the annual Vermont NanoFest, the region’s premier dabbler. At the NanoFest, grinning beer enthusiasts can taste-test many of the state’s top-rated breweries, which is a welcomed alternative to a lengthy drive on the Vermont beer trail. Participants include Red Clover Ale Co., Green Empire Brewing, and Upper Pass Brewing Company. We also urge thirsty beer nerds to visit some of the area’s top-rated taprooms in White River Junction, Bridgewater Corners, and beyond. Use this Vermont brewery bucket list as your trail guide.

To book a long-awaited craft beer-inspired escape to Norwich, please give us a call today at 802-649-1143 (or check availability online).

7 Reasons to Visit Norwich This Spring

7 Reasons to Visit Norwich This Spring

An Older Couple Hiking on This Vermont Spring VacationSpring has officially sprung in Vermont. The snow is finally melting, the flowers are blooming, and the days are getting longer. It’s the perfect time of year to make the trip to our Vermont hotel, The Norwich Inn. Keep us in mind for your spring travels, and continue reading below for seven reasons to visit Norwich this spring.

1. Our Brewery

There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of warm weather than with a cold beer. Cheers to the newly-arrived spring season at our Norwich brewery, home of Jasper Murdock Ales.

2. The Outdoors

Norwich spring is a special time of year, where Vermont transforms from a winter wonderland to a summer playground. There’s no better time of year to enjoy all that Vermont has to offer than during the spring. Get outside and get active this spring.

3. Sample the Baked Goods

What better way to kick off a Norwich spring day than with a trip to the iconic King Arthur Baking Company, where you can sample your fill of sweets or take a baking class to learn to make your favorite treats at home.

4. Visit the General Store

Have a classic small-town experience with a visit to Dan & Whit’s General Store this spring. Their motto is “if we don’t have it, you don’t need it,” in reference to their all-encompassing inventory.

5. It’s Hiking Season

Springtime in Norwich means it’s officially time to hit the trails, now that you no longer need cross-country skis. Our favorite hikes include Gile Mountain Trail and Montshire’s Ridge and Hazen Trail.

6. It’s Warm Enough to Find a Good Swimming Hole

It may not be summer yet, but it’s starting to get warm enough to explore the local swimming holes. This spring, head to Twenty Foot Hole on the Black River for a break from the heat.

7. The Farms and Orchards

Experience the best of Vermont’s world-famous produce at the Sugarbush Farm. Sugar Bush Farm started as the first production site of cheese packaged in wax bars in 1945 and now boasts a plentiful production of cheese and maple products set amongst a charming hillside location. 

To learn more about the lovely town of Norwich, Vermont, or to book your stay, head to our website. We can’t wait for you to get here.

The Norwich Inn’s Guide to Exploring Rural Vermont: 3 Day Trips

The Norwich Inn’s Guide to Exploring Rural Vermont: 3 Day Trips

A couple on a Vermont day tripVermont is a land of rolling hills, rocky peaks, wooded trails, and craft beers. In short, Vermont is a mecca for adventure in the Northeast. Additionally, as one of the Thirteen Colonies, each town, county, and wilderness area is layered in a rich history tied to the birth of our nation. Near the prestigious Dartmouth College, The Norwich Inn stands as it has since 1797, as a mecca of hospitality and fine dining in a quaint town marked by its general store. While our delightful Vermont inn and small-town atmosphere draw visitors from all over the country, we’re also perfectly positioned for a variety of Vermont day trips. Continue below to read our three-part guide to exploring Vermont.

Strafford, Vermont 

If you’re visiting New England in search of a winter wonderland, Strafford should be on your shortlist of Vermont day trips. Just under half an hour on the road from The Norwich Inn, the Strafford Nordic Center provides locals and visitors with over 30 kilometers of groomed, skiable trails for skiers of all abilities.

The Hazen Trail

If you’re in Vermont during the fall, spring, or summer months, hit the trails and check out some of the area’s best hiking. The Hazen Trail is an ideal Vermont day trip for nature lovers. The hike takes you through heavily-forested areas along the Connecticut River and is a moderate hike that’s just over four miles point-to-point. Much of the trail is on the Montshire Museum of Science property and may require a pass.

Sugarbush Farm 

Vermont is known to many as the land of fall foliage and maple syrup, and Sugarbush Farm provides just that. Sugarbush Farm started as the first production site of cheese packaged in wax bars in 1945 and now boasts a plentiful production of cheese and maple products set amongst a charming hillside location. Tour the farm, sample the products, and enjoy this classic Vermont day trip. 

The Norwich Inn is home to an in-house brewery and one of the largest wine selections in the state. For more information on our charming inn or to learn more about Vermont, please read further.

Crisis Management 101 | Enhancements at The Norwich Inn

 

Crisis Management 101 | Enhancements at The Norwich Inn

“Never let a crisis go to waste” is a quote attributed to Winston Churchill as the world emerged from World War II. Sometimes a severe challenge such as COVID-19 can cause some to shift paradigms: how they view their world…even at a country inn. Maybe it’s getting around to things we always wanted to do; maybe it’s totally new.

Refinished Floors and a Restored Bar Top

In the former category, since our restaurant has had reduced hours and mandated capacity restrictions, we’ve been able to refinish the floors in a number of our dining venues while also restoring the bar top to its original luster. We are lucky to have Dale, our talented and versatile maintenance manager, put his skills to work. Everything looks like new. 

We’ve also instituted a Shuttle Service to area attractions: Dartmouth College, King Arthur Baking Company, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The Newhart Room

Photo of The Newhart Room.In the latter category, we’ve re-imagined our original Dining Room into a multi-purpose space. Now our guests can eat, drink, work, meet, watch TV, or all of the above. We ran a contest to name the new space, and the winner was “The Newhart Room.” Where did that come from? Media sources have it that The Norwich Inn and the Town of Norwich were the inspiration behind the popular TV Show, “Newhart,” an eight-season, Golden Globe-nominated sitcom featuring Bob Newhart.

We’ve also incorporated “Whistle,” which is a premier customer service and communication platform for hotels. Whistle improves customer service through real-time engagement utilizing text and mobile message communication with our guests.

Enhanced Al Fresco Dining

The Norwich Inn has always had seasonal al fresco dining. While it had been popular, the surge in demand for the outdoors caused us to re-evaluate how to enhance and broaden the space. First, a sail cover was installed over our Patio, decorated with string lights. Second, we opened our Beer Garden to foodservice. Between the two venues, The Norwich Inn now has the most ample outdoor dining capacity in the area.

On tap for the 2021 season is a total redo and expansion of the Patio with upgraded coverage and new heaters.

While “COVID era” challenges have been daunting, it has caused us to rethink what we do to increase our relevance and enhance the guest experience.

To learn more about the historic Norwich Inn, please visit us online.

Snowshoeing in Vermont: Traversing the Upper Valley

 

Snowshoeing in Vermont: Traversing the Upper Valley

Photo of a Solo Man Snowshoeing in Vermont's Upper Valley.With the holiday season fast approaching, many New Englanders are turning their attention to the upcoming winter sports season. Vermont itself remains one of North America’s most beloved skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing destinations, especially here in the tranquil, undeniably awe-inspiring Upper Valley, home to the historic Norwich Inn. Snowshoeing in Vermont’s rolling, densely-thicketed backcountry remains one of the most underrated ways to celebrate winter’s snowy arrival. Thus, in hopes of enhancing your upcoming getaway to The Norwich Inn, we’ve compiled 10 unique Upper Valley snowshoeing hubs, ranging from Connecticut River-side strolls to steep mountain climbs.

Snowshoeing in Vermont: 10 Unique Upper Valley Experiences

One of the most alluring aspects of snowshoeing in Vermont is that just about anyone can try it without much research. There’s never been a better time to explore new terrains. Oh, and sturdy pair of snowshoes have never been more inexpensive. Below, you’ll find 10 snowy wonderlands that are within minutes of The Norwich Inn. As you might expect, snowshoeing in Vermont is generally a free pursuit, leaving room in your wallet or purse for a King Arthur baking lesson, a brewery tour, or a trip to the Winter Market.

  1. Gile Mountain: Embark on a moderate climb en route to one of the Upper Valley’s many spellbinding overlooks.
  2. Appalachian Trail: While the Appalachian Trail spans nearly 2,200 miles, you’ll only need to leave time for two or three hours of glorious outland snowshoeing on this 3.3-mile excursion.
  3. Montshire’s Ridge: This easy-breezy ridge trail hugs the meandering western banks of the Connecticut River, just a few miles south of Norwich.
  4. Parcel 5 Loop: Parcel 5 is a lush, oft-overlooked forest loop worth revisiting.
  5. The Cornish Town Forest: In a rather quiet forest, only a few ticks southeast of the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge, lies some of the truest snowshoeing trails in the Upper Valley.
  6. Hartland Winter Trails: Get ready for a half or full-day of well-groomed snowshoeing adventures. Hartland is home to approximately 20 kilometers of secluded wilderness.
  7. Boston Lot Lake: There’s never an offseason for recreation near Boston Lot Lake, a hidden gem sandwiched between Lebanon and Hanover.
  8. Mink Brook Nature Preserve: Speaking of Hanover: The Hanover Conservancy’s Mink Brook trail system boasts 112 acres of preserved beauty, home to a bevy of winter woodland critters, such as whitetail deer, black bears, and thriving birdlife.
  9. Bicknell Brook: One of the region’s most photographed waterfalls remains frozen in time inside peaceful Bicknell Brook.
  10. The Pogue: The trek to and from Mount Tom is nothing short of enthralling (and tiring). Woodstock’s Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is definitely worthy of an extended visit this winter. 

Hotels near King Arthur Baking Company: The Norwich Inn

Photo of a Norwich Inn Guest Room. Click Here to Learn About Snowshoeing in Vermont.After an unforgettable three or four hours of snowshoeing in Vermont’s Upper Valley, return to The Norwich Inn to unthaw and unwind. The inn (established in 1797) is not only an absorbing, picturesque slice of Vermont’s history, but it’s also a long-standing brewery and a culinary destination. Travelers from all across New England flock to the inn to sample Jasper Murdock Ales while simultaneously dining on classic Northeastern fare in a distinctly romantic setting. 

We’re proud to be one of the top-rated hotels near the newly-rebranded King Arthur Baking Company and always jaw-dropping Dartmouth College. To book a well-deserved, snow-packed getaway to beautiful Norwich, please read about our various on-site accommodation options. And, when you’re ready, click the green “Book a Room Now” button.

Plan a Visit to the Norwich Farmers Market

 

Plan a Visit to the Norwich Farmers Market

Since 1977, New Englanders have been flocking to the eclectic, undeniably cheery Norwich Farmers Market, a Saturday morning tradition for locals and repeat travelers alike. Many folks combine an hour at the Farmers Market with a stop at King Arthur Flour’s flagship campus and Windsor’s Artisans Park. Vermont’s Upper Valley is chockful of artisanal and culinary surprises, including historic Norwich Inn, home to Jasper Murdock Ales. The rousing Norwich Farmers Market plays an integral role in this region’s weekend tourism scene, particularly for those with a penchant for fresh-picked produce, handcrafted goods, and, yes, a wide variety of locally-sourced meats and cheeses.

The Norwich Farmers Market: A Saturday Morning Delight

Photo of a Man Selling Produce at the Norwich Farmers Market.

Unlike most like gatherings, the Norwich Farmers Market runs throughout the year. The “Summer Market” extends from early May through October off Route 5, just south of town—you cannot miss it. Meanwhile, the “Winter Market” takes place inside downtown’s Tracy Hall, a 450-foot walk from The Norwich Inn. New Englanders gather to mingle with local agronomists, craftspeople, and botanists, as well as listen to live musicians and experience the undeniably affable culture. Before we dive into the various vendors that frequent the Norwich Farmers Market, it’s important to note that all rooms inside the Ivy Lodge have refrigerators for those who need to keep their haul crisp and cool.

Vendors Galore!

It’s easy to draw tourists to the Norwich Farmers Market because you can practically smell the mouthwatering delicacies and hear the sounds of jubilance from miles away. Several vendors offer fresh goods, such as hot coffee, warm soups, breakfast sandwiches, and juicy burgers, just in case the aromas get the better of you. With more than a hundred different fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats, plants, and flowers, you’ll undoubtedly leave the Norwich Farmers Market with quite the haul. Some of our favorite finds include basil, broccoli rabe, peaches, radishes, summer squash, and cherry tomatoes. This helpful guide illustrates the fruit and vegetable calendar.

Travelers also cannot resist the urge to purchase a dollop of goat or sheep cheese. A wide variety of smoked meats are available via several vendors. Oh, and don’t forget to peruse the beeswax candles, heavenly soaps, and dazzling jewelry. We’ve linked to 10 of our favorite vendors below for your viewing pleasure. And please remember to read the market’s COVID-19 preparedness guidelines

Historic Places to Stay in Norwich, VT

Photo of the Inn's Porch, Just a Short Walk from the Norwich Farmers Market.

After a full day of shopping, scenic overlooks, covered bridges, and craft beer, return to The Norwich Inn for a night of casual dining, local vino, and sheer relaxation inside our 1797 inn. Greet dusk in a handcrafted rocking chair, near our vegetable garden, or inside our Victorian-style Main Inn. As one of the most beloved romantic getaways in Vermont, we’re in the midst of yet another summer of love here in the Upper Valley. And remember: The perfect complement to your well-deserved Vermont vacation is a meticulously-curated special package. Book directly now to save bundles and avoid hidden, third-party fees.

Mountain Biking in Vermont’s Upper Valley

 

Mountain Biking in Vermont’s Upper Valley

Photo of a Man Mountain Biking in Vermont's Backcountry.As we enthusiastically greet summer’s long-awaited arrival, it’s impossible not to ponder the many wondrous outdoor adventures readily available in the Upper Valley, Vermont’s idyllic gully of romance. With operations gradually returning to semi-normalcy, we expect an influx of nature enthusiasts in the coming months who value the valley’s sprawling natural beauty. The region itself is known for its picturesque covered bridges, serene waterfalls, jaw-dropping scenic overlooks, and glorious Artisans Park. And one of the most common thrill-based exploratory activities is mountain biking (or, to a small sect, cycling). Mountain biking in Vermont’s Upper Valley is a visual, muscle-building treat that very few undertake. Thus, the trails near The Norwich Inn are never crowded.

Mountain Biking in Vermont: 10 Upper Valley Trails

It’s no secret that New Englanders cannot resist the call of Vermont’s rolling mountain ranges, particularly during summer’s lush and autumn’s peak. The allure of Norwich, in comparison to other neighboring destinations, is its proximity to everything, including a prestigious Ivy League institution, some of the country’s finest breweries, a bevy of historical landmarks, and, yes, King Arthur Flour’s flagship campus. There’s a lot to love about this densely-thicketed, riverside community. And perhaps the cherry on top is the area’s growing trail network. When examined as a collective whole, this network of singletrack provides some of the most enticing mountain biking in Vermont. So, without further ado, here are 10 distinct trails near modern Upper Valley rentals:

  1. Blue Ribbon
  2. Brookemeade Main Loop
  3. The Rollercoaster
  4. Noodle’s Revenge
  5. French’s Ledges
  6. Fusters Trail
  7. Parcel 5
  8. Boston Lot 3
  9. Heyl-Dothan Connector
  10. Hardwoods

Alternative Routes: Roads and Rails

You’ll notice from the list above that Pittsfield, a nearby community, has a thriving network of mountainside trails. It’s not overly common to discover such magical mountain biking in Vermont near a village of fewer than 550 residents. It’s worth noting that cycling in Vermont is also subtly growing in popularity. The glory of cycling is that the backcountry is your oyster; there’s seemingly no cap on adventure in the countryside. And the Northern Rail Trail is, without a doubt, the prettiest route in the Upper Valley. This mostly-flat, 58-mile path spans two counties, making it the longest rail-trail conversion in the state. Most cyclists pick up the route near Lebanon. It goes without saying that the leaf-peeping on this trek is undeniably awe-inspiring.

Historic Hotels near Hanover, NH

Photo of People Dining at Norwich Inn After a Day of Mountain Biking in Vermont.

A common gathering place following a full day of mountain biking in Vermont’s glorious backcountry is Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse, a cozy, familiar slice of the past. As one of the premier restaurants in Norwich, we’ve expanded the alehouse throughout the decades. Patio seating is a hot commodity during peak seasons, so please arrive early to nab a table. The Norwich Inn provides an idyllic combination of history, gourmet cuisine, fine ales, and outrageous specials and packages. For updates on lodging, dining, and capacity, please bookmark this link (or follow us on our social media channels).

The 5 Prettiest Vermont Waterfalls

 

The 5 Prettiest Vermont Waterfalls

Photo of Moss Glen, One of the Prettiest Vermont WaterfallsIt’s no secret that Vermont boasts a gorgeous, biodiverse landscape. Thus, throughout summer and autumn, hundreds of thousands of nature enthusiasts flock into the Upper Valley to explore the region’s dense forestry in search of heart-stopping mountain overlooks, rolling countrysides, hidden covered bridges, and, of course, quintessential Vermont waterfalls. While it won’t be easy to pry yourself from Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse, Dartmouth College’s breathtaking campus, and nearby King Arthur Flour, we highly recommend embarking on a short journey to a couple of often overlooked Vermont waterfalls.

5 Vermont Waterfalls: A Self-Guided Journey to Serenity

Many of these picturesque, freefalling creeks, brooks, and rivers lie in Windsor County, as well as neighboring Orange and Rutland. In fact, the five prettiest Vermont waterfalls, according to our team of self-proclaimed experts, are within an hour of The Norwich Inn—established in 1797. Make sure to dress appropriately for the weather, bring a waterproof camera, and jot down detailed directions to each site.

Old City Falls, Strafford

The 16-mile drive through the heart of Vermont en route to Strafford’s Old City Falls is as peaceful and scenic as it gets. After enjoying a light picnic in the spacious pavilion area, hike down the short, steep path to the creek’s edge. While it’s not well marked, the creekside trail does lead to this dual waterfall. The top fall disappears behind a stack of rocks and eventually spills back into the creek.

Moss Glen Falls, Granville

The state boasts not one but two “Moss Glen Falls.” Today, we’ll only touch on the Granville fall, which, incidentally, remains one of the most oft-photographed natural sites in the state. Moss Glen is approximately an hour’s drive from The Norwich Inn, but this 35-foot marvel is well worth the trip. Adventurous types can get close enough to touch the rushing water as it spills below.

Photo of Thundering Brook, One of the Prettiest Vermont WaterfallsThundering Brook Falls, Killington

Thundering Brook Falls rests along the Appalachian Trail, a 2,200-mile network that spans from Maine down to North Georgia. Pictures don’t do Thundering Brook justice, as it’s hard to decipher the sheer magnitude of this slippery, 125-foot-tall waterfall via photograph. The easy, wheelchair-friendly boardwalk to the main plunge is a nice perk that you won’t find at many neighboring Vermont waterfalls.

Buttermilk Falls, Ludlow

During the summer months, thrillseekers flock to Buttermilk Falls to bathe in the shallow pools near the upper and middle falls. These classic swimming holes are what summertime dreams are made of, especially for those with a penchant for adventure. While the three midsized falls aren’t jaw-droppingly beautiful, the playful ambiance is unbeatable. 

Glen Falls, Fairlee

Fairlee’s Glen Falls is a short, 20-minute drive from the heart of Norwich. This 25-foot plunge remains an Upper Valley hidden gem. Even many locals don’t know if its existence. The short journey to the main plunge is only about half a mile upstream from the trailhead, and it features several picturesque cascades along the way.

Historic Hotels in Norwich, VT

After a full day of hiking near the very best waterfalls in Vermont, return to The Norwich Inn for a balanced, refreshing pint of Whistling Pig Red Ale and pan-seared Faroe Island salmon. As one of the oldest boutique hotels in Vermont, we offer an elegant, historic, and undeniably romantic alternative to a classic lodging experience. Our on-site brewery pairs perfectly with our sumptuous dining experience. And each of our guest rooms is a visual delight, especially for those with a special place in their heart for 19th-century decor. Please give us a call today at 802-649-1143 to book a long-overdue escape into the breathtaking Upper Valley, New England’s last remaining hidden gem.

The Upper Valley’s Prettiest Scenic Overlooks

 

The Upper Valley’s Prettiest Scenic Overlooks

Photo of a Scenic Overlook at SunsetA common mid-day activity for visiting nature enthusiasts here in the Upper Valley is the unending search for the prettiest scenic overlook. Depending on where you live, you might call it a “vista point,” “scenic lookout,” or “scenic point.” Regardless, the Upper Valley is home to dozens of majestic mountaintop overlooks, most of which require a mile or two of hiking (or snowshoeing in the wintertime). The majority of folks who plan a stay at historic Norwich Inn explore the region’s craft beer trail with stops at several picturesque covered bridges and spectacular Artisans Park. But the adventurer inside us all calls us into the wild where curious animals roam through dense forestry and alongside rushing rivers.

The Top 5 Scenic Overlooks Near Norwich, VT

Locating a hiking trail in this peaceful land is as easy as throwing a dart a map while blindfolded. However, only five such trails feature a genuinely jaw-dropping scenic overlook. Even in today’s modern world, one cannot simply search for a “scenic lookout near me” and find an overabundance of useful results. Therefore, we’ve pieced together this handy list of scenic overlooks that are within 45 minutes of Dartmouth College.

Photo of a Scenic Overlook in AutumnGile Mountain

Gile Mountain, like all five of these scenic overlooks, is particularly stunning during autumn’s peak as the forestry transforms from dark green to vibrant hues of marigold, kelly green, crimson, and amber. This 1.4-mile, out-and-back trail is perfect for all ages as there’s less than 400 feet of elevation gain. Climb the fire tower at the summit to obtain a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling Upper Valley.

Holt’s Ledge

We have mixed feelings about divulging insider information about Holt’s Ledge, one of the Upper Valley’s last-remaining hidden gems. The trail features dramatic cliffs, long-forgotten log shelters, and occasionally curious woodland critters to go along with a heart-stopping overlook of the dense mountain range.

Photo of a Scenic Overlook at Sunset in AutumnQuechee Gorge

It’s unlikely that Quechee Gorge would show up in a search for a “scenic lookout near me” as it’s more of a roadside attraction than a dramatic overlook. That being said, the gorge itself is known as “Vermont’s Grand Canyon” because of the 165-foot drop from the Quechee George Bridge down to the rushing Ottauquechee River.

Wright’s Mountain

It’s not often that you discover a scenic overlook that features a covered barn-like structure at the peak. The faraway mountains at this sequestered yet incredibly gorgeous destination aren’t as jagged as other nearby lookouts. In fact, the mountains resemble the rolling hills that you might find in New York or Pennsylvania.

Mount Cardigan

Cardigan Mountain State Park remains one of the best adult playgrounds in New Hampshire, thanks to 5,655 acres of preserved glory. The Mount Cardigan loop, in particular, is our favorite place (in the Upper Valley) to unplug and reflect. Pack a picnic for this journey as the peak features ample rock space to lay down a blanket.

Historic Boutique Hotels in Vermont

Instead of searching aimlessly for a “scenic lookout near me” this spring, simply favorite this article for further usage. You can also ask a member of our team, upon arrival, about our personal favorites. The Norwich Inn itself, which was established in 1797, is equal parts boutique hotel, craft brewery, fine restaurant, and historical landmark. We’re a short drive or bicycle ride from King Arthur Flour, Dartmouth College, and the beautiful Connecticut River. To learn more about our particularly elegant slice of the Upper Valley, please give us a call today at 802-649-1143 (or check availability online).